Milwaukee Health Dept. reports decreased COVID-19 positivity rate

The Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) released on Friday, Oct. 9 its update on Phase 4.1 of the public health and safety order called "Moving Milwaukee Forward" related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday marked the 10th week of Phase 4.1. Officials said in a news release that there was "no significant trend" and the city remained in the YELLOW for cases. 

The slope of linear regression is 0.01 with a P-value of 0.91 and a decreased positivity rate, which is now 7.7% -- down from 8.4% last week and 8% the week before.

Officials said they will hold in phase 4.1 to make sure that the city is on the right track. They will reassess the progress next week, Oct. 16. 

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MHD will continue to monitor the situation and determine if additional protective measures are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   

The City of Milwaukee's key indicators for Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely have been updated as they are every Thursday and are available online at

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